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Africa XXV Nova Tabula

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Africa XXV Nova Tabula : S. Munster

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A good example of the first generally obtainable map of the whole continent of Africa here published in Sebastian Munster's "Geographia". The map is instantly recognisable by its illustrations of the 'Monoculi' (a one-eyed man), an impressive sailing ship, and a large elephant in southern Africa. Originally a scholar studying Hebrew, Greek and mathematics, Munster (1489-1552) eventually specialised in mathematical geography and cartography. He is best known for his edition of the "Geographia", a translation of Ptolemy's landmark geographical text. Munster's version is illustrated with maps based on Ptolemy's calculations, but also, in recognition of the increased geographical awareness of the period contains a section of modern maps including the first set of maps of each continent. CURRENTLY ON EXHIBITION AT: World Antiquarian Book Plaza, Nihonbashi 2-3-10, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-8245 - Consequently delivery may be delayed.
mapmaker: S. Munster  
place and date of publication: Basle 1540-1545
medium and colour: woodblock, Uncoloured
size in mm: 270 by 340mm (10¾ by 13½ inches).
ref: 38250
literature: Betz, The Mapping Of Africa, 3 (5).

Price: £ 1250£ 750

 
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